Miroslava Chávez-García is the Faculty Director of the McNair Scholars Program and a Professor of History at UCSB who has affiliated appointments with the Departments of Feminist Studies and Chicana/o Studies. She is the author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s to 1880s (Tucson, 2004), States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System (Berkeley, 2012), and most recently, her award-winning Migrant Longing: Letter Writing across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Chapel Hill, 2018). Dr. Chávez-García served from 2016 to 2019 as Faculty Director for Graduate Diversity Initiatives, overseeing the Graduate Scholars Program, designed to retain, mentor, and matriculate first- and second-year students. She is currently a member of the UCSB Academic Senate committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is the chair of a similar committee in the History Department. From 2013 to 2015, she served as interim Chair and Vice Chair for UCSB’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. While at UC Davis, her previous place of employment, she was a member of the Chicana/Latina Research Center steering committee and chaired the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis.
Raquel Dykshoorn (née Ramos)
Graduate Student Staff
Bashir Ali is a Graduate Mentor for the McNair Scholars Program. He is a Ph.D. student in Marine Biology and investiages the physiological and biochemical mechanisms that orchestrate life in a wide range of environments. He is particularly interested in understanding how critical metabolic pathway enzymes function in animals experiencing fluctuating environments and the consequences of multiple stressors on protein function. As a first-generation college student and McNair alumna, Bashir is passionate about mentorship and recruiting students of color into STEM. Outside of work, Bashir enjoys working out and listening to music every chance he gets.
Xochitl Clare is a Graduate Mentor for the McNair Scholars Program. She is a Marine Biology Ph.D. Candidate in the Hofmann Lab investigating the effects of climate change on fisheries species. As a first-generation Latina African American, she shares Caribbean heritage, where the importance of life at sea is in folktales, music, and food--Xochitl boldly uses her cultural lens and background in performing arts to increase access to our blue backyards. She is passionate about fostering interdisciplinary work and mentors her students in building long-lasting professional communities in order to thrive in their respective communities.
Iliana Flores is a Graduate Mentor for the McNair Scholars Program. She is a Ph.D student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. She is also a transfer and first-generation college student. As a McNair alumna, Iliana enjoys mentoring students explore their own research interests. Her current clinical and research interests include access and utilization of culturally- sensitive mental health services using a social justice lens, bilingual (English-Spanish) professional training and development, and the identity development of Latina community health workers. Outside of work, Iliana enjoys spending her time dancing cumbias and learning how to surf. She is always looking forward to connecting with students, so feel free to schedule a meeting to see her.